We’re in the middle of a cold winter here in Houston, Texas. With the cooler temperatures, many people are looking to their heaters to keep them comfortable while in their home. However, your heater can pose some safety threats. At Enviromax Services Inc, we know that safety is a number-one priority, so we’ve laid out some tips to keep you warm and safe this winter:
- Pay Attention to Your Heating Unit
One of the easiest ways to catch any potential safety issues with your heater is simply by being on the lookout for any abnormalities. If you notice unusual sounds or smells coming from your heating unit, it can indicate the presence of a problem. Call a company that is qualified to handle heater repairs, such as Enviromax Services Inc, if you notice anything unusual. This can help catch any issues with your heater before they become major safety concerns for you and your family.
- Keep the Surrounding Area Clean
Don’t let the area around your furnace become too crowded. Objects too close to the heater, especially flammable materials, can pose a fire hazard. Make sure to keep all objects at least 3 feet away from your heater to avoid a dangerous fire.
- Turn Off the Heater When removing the Front Panel
If, for any reason, you need to remove the front panel from your heater, be sure to turn completely turn off the unit. This eliminates the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. While most newer heaters have a safety switch to prevent this from happening, it never hurts to take extra precautions when it comes to safety.
- Change the Air Filter
A clean air filter isn’t just essential for your air conditioner, it’s also vital to keep your heater running at its best. Changing the filter every one to three months will ensure that the filter is clean and prevent your heater from failing.
- Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detectors
An improperly functioning heater can cause an extremely dangerous carbon monoxide leak. This poisonous gas is both colorless and odorless, so you must rely on the detectors to alert you of its presence. Protect yourself and your family from this potential heater hazard by having your carbon monoxide detectors tested to make sure they are working properly.
There’s nothing better than coming home to a warm house when the weather outside is cold. It is important to keep in mind the safety aspects of keeping your home warm, though. Enviromax Services Inc can help ensure that your heater is running at its best to keep you both warm and safe this winter. Give us a call at (713) 466-7555.